Top Reasons to Visit Thailand

By: Tony Bedford

Last year, over 40 million travelers came to Thailand. It is the perfect travel destination for any budget backpacker or vacationing tourist.

Why Thailand is so popular? Here are the top reasons to visit Thailand;

  1. Thai Food is World Famous
    Once you have tasted food in Thailand you will very likely get addicted. 
    My favourite places to dine are the small street side restaurants. They usually just have plastic tables and chairs, some Christmas tree style lighting and ice cold beers. Menus vary but include noodles, soups, rice and seafood dishes. They are also extremely reasonable.

    A decent meal for two costing in the range 100 to 200 baht depending on extras? There are also low cost eating facilities in places like TOPS supermarket in Central Plaza. You can select your dishes from the selection available and seating is provided. Not the most intimate dining experience but you notice that everyone sitting near you looks amazingly happy. Eating in Thailand is a great pleasure. Try different dishes, experiment, but watch out for the really spicy dishes!

  2. World Class Islands and Beaches
    Thailand has many famous islands with stunning beaches. There are whole books devoted to Thailand's wonderful islands and beaches. A lot has been written and said about this aspect of Thailand. 

    Scuba diving is also excellent and well-catered for, mostly through PADI centres. Snorkelling trips are widely available and typically organised through the hotel or a local agent. You can of course just get your flippers and mask on and start swimming. The organised trips are often worth it as you will be able to access remote reefs and islands where there is a wider variety of marine life.

    Many other water activities are also available - kayaking, jet ski and of course banana boat! Thailand is a very big draw if you are a lover of water sports. There is also the rather pleasant nature of beach life - even if you can only make it out to the islands on the weekend.



  3. The People
    There is much that can be said about Thai people, their positive attitude to life and their friendly nature. On the whole most Thai people are extremely tolerant and welcoming to foreigners. 

    For the majority of Western men moving to (or visiting) Thailand, enjoying the company of Thai ladies is a major incentive. Thai women tend to be charming, beautiful, slim and feminine. I have found Thai people to be helpful and pleasant in my travels in Thailand. There's no doubt that Thai people are on the whole very pleasant to interact with.

  4. The Cost of Living
    Thailand has a very low cost of living. Food, accomodation expenses, taxi are all extremely cheap. 

    We usually buy our running shoes and sports clothes when visiting Thailand or Malaysia as prices less than 30% of what we pay in UK. Other clothes such as T-shirts, jeans, sandals, shoes, wet suits is all at a fraction of what you will pay in your hometown.

  5. Fantastic Nightlife
    Thailand is famous, and some would say infamous, nightlife acts as an giant magnet to men (and women) from all over the world. Sadly Thailand has developed a unenviable reputation internationally as the prostitute capital of the world.

    The most famous red light areas catering to Westerners include Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Entertainment Plaza (NEP) in Bangkok. There is also naughty nightlife to be had in Pattaya, and on the island of Phuket, centered around Patong beach in Phuket town. Brothels exist all over Thailand, but the vast majority cater to Thai men. Official estimates of sex workers in Thailand put the figure at around 70,000 including 30,000 under 18.

    Naughty nightlife aside - Thailand and especially Bangkok has a very lively nightlife. There are many pubs, clubs, discos, indoor and outdoor restaurants, cinemas, bowling centres, and shopping malls all open until late. Bangkok is certainly one place where you will never be bored of an evening and the same goes for many of the outlying provinces and islands.

  6. The Pace of Life
    With the combination of low cost of living and excellent facilities, life can be good in Thailand, some would say better than the West, on very much less money. Whether your inclination is to the metropolis of Bangkok or the quieter outlying provinces, the pace of life and laid back attitude of the Thais can be a refreshing change from the hurly-burly of Western life. Sure, Thailand is no panacea, but there's no doubt that there are many Westerners living a quietly-contented, low-stress life in Land Of Smiles.

  7. The Culture
    There is so much to see in Thailand. There is a feeling sometimes that once you've seen one temple in Thailand you've seen them all. Personally I never tire of learning more about Thai history, the Thai people, their religion and beliefs.

    Thai culture is fascinating and there are many cultural avenues to pursue in Thailand - Thai dancing, arts and crafts, martial arts, festivals and special customs are endlessly varied and interesting. From Songkhran to Loy Kratong, from Thai silk to Muay Thai, from Ayutthaya to Wat Arun, there is so much to explore and learn about.

  8. Bangkok is pretty famous for its shopping.
    The big shopping malls include Central Plaza, Mahboonkrong (MBK) and the new Siam Paragon, but there are many shopping malls in Bangkok and many more under construction. Shopping facilities are plentiful outside of Bangkok too, with most towns having a variety of stores and shopping facilities. 

There is just something special about thailand. It is a magical place that is much more than the sum of its parts. It is a heady mix of all the above items and much, much more. See you soon. 

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